Friday, March 30, 2018

If a license is required to drive, shouldn't a license be required to own a firearm?

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If a license is required to drive, shouldn't a license be required to own a firearm? Let's answer this question by first evaluating the text of the Second Amendment to the US Constitution:
"A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed." - Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
As many times as I've read through the Constitution, I have not been able to find the part about the right to keep and drive cars. Driving on the public right of ways is heavily regulated by the states, with licensing and registration requirements alongside whole books of traffic laws. 

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The Constitution does, however restrict the government from imposing onerous infringements on the right to keep and bear arms, including licensing and registration. Any right that requires permission from the government prior to exercising is no right at all, it is a privilege. Driving is a privilege; keeping and bearing firearms is a right.

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But wouldn't licensing and registration prevent firearms from being used to harm others? If driving is any indicator, no. Licensing and registration have not prevented anyone from using a vehicle in the commission of an assault or other crime, and the use of vehicles by terrorists to haul explosives and mow down pedestrians would seem to be commonplace in our modern world despite the existence of driver licensing and vehicle registration.

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